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2022 Best Law Firms for Environmental Law
#1

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Established in 1974 by attorneys with ties to the EPA and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Beveridge & Diamond has excelled nationally in environmental law, including recognitions by Vault and Chambers, among others. The firm represents clients in a diverse array of environmental issues and handles it all, from litigation, to transactional matters, to regulatory and legislative concerns.

41.40% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#1

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
#2

Latham & Watkins

You know you’ve made it in the legal industry when you’ve landed a spot at Latham. The firm is a global leader across dozens of practice areas and recruits the best of the best. Those seeking autonomy to shape their practice plus extensive training and support will be pleased at this legal giant. Latham is one of the world’s largest law firms. With more than 3,000 attorneys in 30 offices around the world, Latham practices in all the major jurisdictions in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and regularly represents companies doing business in Latin America and Africa. The firm is a global leader in corporate transactions, environmental law, finance matters, litigations and trials, and tax services.

23.66% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#2

Latham & Watkins
#3

Arnold & Porter

One of DC’s finest, and a global megafirm, Arnold & Porter is home to around 1,000 lawyers across 14 offices around the globe (plus an operations center in Tallahassee) and focuses heavily on mentoring, with mentoring budgets, shadowing opportunities, and multiple formal mentors for junior associates. The firm practices in more than 40 areas and is particularly well known for its antitrust, appellate litigation, environmental, and securities litigation practices, as well as its cross-border work.

18.28% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#3

Arnold & Porter
#4

Sidley Austin LLP

With an impressive global footprint and a roster of top-notch clients, Sidley is the cream of the crop when it comes to law firms. Come for the sophisticated work, and stay for the polite, amiable Midwestern vibe—as well as a sincere commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Sidley is a global powerhouse, with approximately 2,000 lawyers across 20 offices. The firm boasts a long list of marquee clients in a range of industries, including banking, energy, health care, insurance, life sciences, and technology. The firm’s work in complex transactional and litigation matters is bolstered by exceptional regulatory experience, and the firm features many former officials from governmental agencies in Europe, the U.S., and China.

15.05% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#4

Sidley Austin LLP
#5

Baker Botts L.L.P.

As the oldest BigLaw firm in Texas, Baker Botts gives attorneys exposure to a variety of high-caliber legal work—the icing on the cake is that it all happens in a collegial environment that fosters genuine friendships and organic mentorship. Baker Botts is perhaps best known for its Energy and Natural Resources practice. The firm holds a top spot in Vault’s Energy, Oil, & Gas ranking—and for good reason. The firm has handled more than 3,700 such matters across the globe in the past decade and advises on matters relating to oil, natural gas, liquified natural gas, coal, and renewables.

12.90% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#5

Baker Botts L.L.P.
#6

Perkins Coie LLP

Pacific Northwest-powerhouse Perkins Coie cultivates collegiality through holistic hiring, social retreats, affinity groups, wellness programs, and more. Whether they hope to make partner or move in-house, associates here are in a good position. Today, the firm has more than 1,200 attorneys working across many industries, including aerospace and transportation, energy and natural resources, financial services and investments, life sciences and health care, retail and consumer products, and technology and communications.

12.37% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#7

Perkins Coie LLP
#7

Hogan Lovells

Truly a megafirm, Hogan Lovells is home to close to 3,000 lawyers working across more than 50 offices. The firm is particularly well known for its privacy work as well as its high-profile pro bono matters. Lawyers who are down to earth and have a strong desire to give back through pro bono will fit well. Hogan Lovells focuses on five major practices: corporate; finance; global regulatory; IP; and litigation, arbitration, and employment. Industries the firm focuses on run the gamut from aerospace and automotive to energy and financial institutions to life sciences and technology, plus many more.

11.29% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#9

Hogan Lovells
#8

Kirkland & Ellis

A legal giant—both in size and reputation—Kirkland is the perfect firm for self-starters who are ready to take control of their legal careers. Associates at the firm agree that with the firm’s robust training and the firm’s name on their resumes, their futures are bright. Kirkland & Ellis, one the world’s most elite law firms, is known for its corporate, intellectual property, litigation, M&A, private equity, and restructuring work. With more than 2,900 lawyers, the firm is regularly recognized as one of the most successful in the world.

10.75% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#12

Kirkland & Ellis
#9

Stoel Rives LLP

The largest law firm in Oregon, Stoel Rives is a standout in both the environmental law and renewable energy law areas. Green is where it's at for this Portland-based firm, which boasts a Climate Change Group and an active Sustainability Committee. This full-service firm boasts strong practices in corporate, energy, environmental, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, employee benefits, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, renewable energy, product liability, food and beverage, agribusiness, health care, and technology.

10.22% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#8

Stoel Rives LLP
#10

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

At Hunton Andrews Kurth, associates have work-life balance—but no lack of top-notch, substantive experience. The firm places a heavy emphasis on pro bono, reflected in the 100% attorney pro bono participation rate and broad array of opportunities. The result of 2018’s largest merger, Hunton Andrews Kurth pairs two firms that had been growing by leaps and bounds in the past few years. Mid-Atlantic-based Hunton & Williams brought leading global practices in privacy and cybersecurity, energy, financial services, and real estate while Houston’s Andrews Kurth Kenyon had recently grown to an international firm renowned for its energy, environmental, IP, and privacy practices.

9.14% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#5

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
#11

Holland & Knight LLP

Associates at Holland & Knight enjoy their work and appreciate their colleagues. The firm is a true pro bono leader, especially when it comes to its work supporting veterans. For those hoping to make partner, the firm provides a realistic pathway. With a political pedigree and strong Capitol Hill ties, the firm covers dozens of practice areas, from litigation, corporate law, intellectual property, and tax to more industry-specific teams.

8.60% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#13

Holland & Knight LLP
#12

Gibson Dunn

A litigation powerhouse, appellate all-star, and corporate law force, Gibson Dunn is a V10 firm with an impressive practice and client list. Gibson attracts go-getters who will succeed in the firm’s free-market system and mesh with the professional, amiable culture. With more than 1,400 attorneys across 10 countries, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is a force. Among the top firms in the country, Gibson Dunn is well known for its litigation and trial work—especially its bustling Appellate Litigation and Securities Litigation practices—as well as its top-notch antitrust, M&A, private equity, and real estate work, among others.

8.07% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#11

Gibson Dunn
#13

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis has branched out from its Philadelphia roots to build a global network of lawyers in 31 offices, reaching from Boston to Singapore and San Francisco to Dubai. Practicing across the energy, financial services, health care, life sciences, retail, sports, technology, and transportation sectors, Morgan Lewis has a diverse range of experience. The firm has four core practices: corporate, finance, and investment management; IP; labor, employment, and benefits; and litigation, regulation, and investigations.

5.38% of Votes

2021 Ranking

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
#14

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Cox, Castle & Nicholson is one of the largest real estate firms in the U.S., with more than 130 attorneys practicing in three California offices. The firm has had a hand in developing some of the most iconic buildings in Southern California. While Cox Castle & Nicholson lawyers only work in the real estate and construction industries, they handle just about every legal facet of those industries that their clients require. The firm is a good fit for lawyers seeking significant responsibility and client contact from day one.

4.84% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
#14

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Long rooted in California, O’Melveny & Myers has branched out in all directions with offices in seven countries on three continents, including newly launched offices in Texas. The firm is known for its work in antitrust, appellate litigation, entertainment law, labor and employment, patent litigation, products liability, project finance, securities litigation, venture capital, and more. The firm works in a range of industries, including banking and financial services, consumer products, energy and natural resources, entertainment and media, health care, hospitality, industrials and manufacturing, life sciences, real estate, sports, technology, and transportation.

4.84% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

O'Melveny & Myers LLP